The best new tracks, picked by our staff

Rated by The Face: a playlist featuring Yaeji, Megan Thee Stallion, Strandz and Bored Lord.

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Bored Lord – There’s More

It can be hard to keep up with Bored Lord’s prolific output, but if you’re unfamiliar, the Oakland-based producer/DJ’s excellent new album Name It (released via Eris Drew & Octo Octa’s label T4T LUV NRG) is a good place to start. There’s More is a heartfelt highlight, conjuring bittersweet memories of old friends together on the dancefloor. DR

Yaeji – Easy Breezy

Silky vocals, bossa nova guitars and a featherlight club beat: Yaeji’s feel-good loosie Easy Breezy does exactly what it says on the tin. DR

Mac Wetha – Fear of Flying ft. Beabadoobee and Aminé

Beabadoobee and Aminé might seem like they’re on different ends of the musical spectrum, but Mac Wetha knows how to bridge the gap. As well as knocking out emotional indie anthems, Mac’s produced laidback hip-hop with London’s Nine8 collective and he also provided the beat for Aminé’s 2020 track Burden. So he pulls off Fear of Flying like a carefully-blended genre soup. Yum. DR

Strandz – Feeling Alive ft. Lancey Foux

By now, you’re probably aware that Strandz’s MO is to rap about romance. Feeling Alive, his collaboration with the fashion mag-friendly UK rapper Lancey Foux, is no different. Against 90s-inspired production with a hint of breakbeat, Strandz’s bars are tongue in cheek – I smoke, I smoke, hopin’ that it medicate me /​I only tell my star sign to a pretty lady” – on what’s ultimately a track of appreciation: for his girlfriend, his success, and making it to this point in one piece. JW

Bbymutha – Gun Kontrol

The Chattanooga, Tennessee-born rapper doesn’t hold back on her new single, which also marks her signing with True Panther records.Bitch lookin’ bitter I’m so nonchalant /​Okay I’m poppin’ you hating for what? /​Get you some money and get in some guts /​Yeah I do whatever I want” she raps, radiating braggadocio over an abrasive beat. JW

Megan Thee Stallion – Cobra

Megan opens old wounds to move forward for her new single Cobra – a raw, brutally honest exposition on dealing with mental health struggles while in the limelight. Nothing is off-limits, as Meg admits to everything from missing her late parents to suicidal ideation over whirring electric guitar riffs. At night, I’m sittin’ in a dark room thinkin’ /​Probably why I always end up drinkin’,” she spits in the opening verse. Yes, I’m very depressed /​How can somebody so blessed wanna slit they wrist?” It’s the most vulnerable and poignant track of Meg’s career. OP

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